On September 18, 2017, I suffered an accident that left me with severe trauma to my left hand and unable to use it. I have had four major surgeries including, grafting and bone removed from my hip to be used on my hand. My first surgery was about five hours long and it cost about $160,000 alone. But as of today (01/12/2018) I still can't make a fist or close my hand and most my fingers barely move. I have only regained about 5% or less use of my hand. My doctor is now planning a fifth surgery that we hope, with the removal of scar-tissue, will free up my hand allowing me, with time and lots of therapy, to make a fist and close my hand, regaining more movement.
My insurance company has turned me down for further therapy and I am now paying it out of my own pocket. They only give up to 90 days per incident. After my next surgery, they will give me another 90 days and that's it. I have been paying all my co-pays but I am now getting financially depleted.
As you can imagine, my career as a violinist is in a very precarious situation, if not lost. Forty-one years studying music, dedicating it to the violin, teaching, community and much more… all lost in an instant. Many of you also know me as a dedicated beekeeper and community advocate. All this is now very difficult to do. Unless I can get all the treatment necessary including much needed therapy, I will most likely never recover 100%.
After a recent visit with my surgeon, I have come to the conclusion that unless I reach out to family and friends, I will most likely not be able to get the full treatment I need to recover from this and will probably never get full use of my hand.
I would like to thank you all for taking a moment to read my message and am deeply thankful for your friendship, love and any help you can provide me.
- Barbara Habel
- Bhaskar Srivastava
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